Bret Easton Ellis is not that interested in Trump’s policies—but he is frustrated by liberals’ reaction to his election. https://t.co/neYgI8Uj1Q— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) April 11, 2019
Basically overrated blowhard Bret Easton Ellis thinks people should not attack Trump for saying Mexicans are rapists because he only said it once, that Michelle Obama is condescending, that Roseanne Barr is not racist, and that #MeToo has gone too far.
Bret Easton Ellis wrote a non-fiction book about politics for some reason. The interviewer, Isaac Chotiner, challenges him on everything he says, and Ellis does a terrible job defending his statements and doesn’t even appear to recognize quotes from his own book or things he wrote in it at times (more than once in the course of this single interview). Here is a brief excerpt, but please read the whole thing because it is delightful.
Q: You are a novelist. You write about the human condition. Do you worry about the self-harm of people who see things like child separation and have no emotional response?
A: I think I am an absurdist. I think politics are ridiculous.
Q: Maybe don’t write a book about it. Would that be the solution?
A: I think the problem is that I don’t necessarily see this as interesting as fiction.
Q: Yeah, I could tell.